One man and his Tortoise… Meet Bon-chan

Setsuko Yasuda

We’ve seen the dressed-up-dogs, the motorcycle-riding cats and the rabbits in hats – we know that Japan takes pets to a new level. This guy has a much more chilled version though…. Tsukishima local Hisao Mitani (63) has been taking his pet Bon-chan on daily walks for years, much to the joy of local children, and the confusion of local dogs. Bon-chan was brought home as a gift by Mitani’s wife during Obon festival, leading to his festive name. At 70kg he’s a hefty sized African Tortoise and lives off a diet of vegetables and fruit whilst living like a king in a specially-built enclosure.

So, next time you’re around Tsukishima keep an eye out for this guy… but don’t worry, you probably won’t miss him!

By the way, if you’re craving some animal-attention – here’s our guide to Tokyo’s animal cafes!

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